• USA science and engineering festival

    Schools will be able to sneak peek for the USA Science and Engineering Festival on Friday, April 15. Attendees will have access to over 3000 hands-on, interactive activities offered by more than 1000 leading science organizations from around the nation. Schools groups will have to provide their own transportation, but registration is free. Please register soon if your school would like to attend since registration is limited and has filled up well in advance in the past. (Expires: April 15, 2016)

    College scholarship for students living in public housing

    Resident Services Incorporated and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's Resident Advisory Board have established the Rising Star Scholarship Program for high school students living in public housing. Students can win $1000 awards and become eligible for other scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016. For more information email Rising Star or call 443-984-1896. (Expires: April 1, 2016)

    Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus

    Tickets are now available to The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme at Royal Farms Arena on March 16 – 27, 2016. Discounted tickets are available for City Schools employees, students, and families. Please contact Taveun Ferguson for more information. The deadline to order tickets for week 1 is March 10, and the deadline for week 2 is March 16. More information is available in this flyer. (Deadline: March 16, 2016)

    Pre-Registration for YouthWorks Summer Jobs Now Open

    Pre-registration for the YouthWorks summer jobs program is now open. YouthWorks matches Baltimore youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with 5-week paid jobs. Students can register on the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development by March 11.Schools can also register to be a workplace site at the same website. For more information and to register, visit the Office of Employment Development or call 410-396-JOBS (5627). (Expires: March 11, 2016)

    School Survey Deadline Extension

    Due to the inclement weather, the annual School Survey submission deadline has been extended to Monday, March 14, 2016, for students, parents, and staff.

    If staff members need a new survey link, please complete the School Staff Survey Link Request Form. Parents can complete the School Survey on paper or online. Parents can contact their child’s school to request a paper survey or call City Schools at 443-984-2000. Parents can also complete the Parent Survey online by visiting: www.k12insight.com/SchoolSurveyParent. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email survey@bcps.k12.md.us. (Deadline: March 14, 2016)


     

    The Priceless Gown Project: Free Prom Gowns for Juniors and Seniors

    The Priceless Gown Project is a unique FREE shopping experience created 12 years ago in Baltimore in an effort to help girls attend their prom who would not ordinarily be able to finance the experience on their own. Maryland and DC High School Juniors and Seniors are eligible to attend the Priceless Gown Project Boutique event.
    Saturday, March 26, 2016
    9am to 2pm
    Baltimore Inner Harbor Marriott Camden Yards
    110 N. Eutaw Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    (Expires: March 26, 2016)  

    Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students

    The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is once again sponsoring a select number ofsummer centers this year. The deadline for applying is April 15th. Financial assistance is available on a full or partial basis. Visit their website to learn more about the centers, including registration. For more information, call Denise Stringer at 410-767-0363 or email her. (Expires: April 15, 2016)

    Youth Leadership Summit: Defining Sustainability

    High school students are invited to participate in a full-day conversation at Cylburn Arboretum on March 12, 2016 on the intersections of social issues affecting Baltimore and environmental issues communities face. Akiima Price of "What's Good in Your Hood?", and representatives from Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Free Your Voice, and Parks & People Foundation, will present. This event has been created by the Youth Environmental Interns at the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. The event is free to attend and lunch and snacks will be provided. Free transportation available. RSVP here. (Expires: March 12, 2016)

    The Vivian Burey Marshall STEM Pilot Initiative

    The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has launched the Vivian Burey Marshall (VBM) STEM Pilot Initiative here in Baltimore and is seeking students for this exciting new initiative. The goal of the initiative is to engage students in STEM education, leading to both STEM literacy and an increase in the participation in the STEM workforce. The most important outcome of the Vivian Burey Marshall STEM Pilot Initiative will be to provide experiences and exposure to students that will lead to sustained interest in the STEM field.
    The 4-year pilot initiative will provide ongoing out-of-school activities and support for students in grades 6-9 and professional development for teachers. To ensure that there are no barriers to active participation, the VBM STEM Pilot Initiative will provide incentives to families by awarding stipends, supplements, and transportation assistance for participants. To learn more about the Vivian Burey Marshall STEM Pilot Initiative parents, teachers, and students are invited to attend the VBM Family Meeting and Information session taking place Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Science and Technology Center, Room 120 on the campus of Coppin State University. Visit their website for more information. (Expires: March 11)

    Student keynote speaker sought for Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit

    Do you know a student interested in presenting a green school project that he or she has done? Are you a student who did a great project at your Maryland Green School? MAEOE is looking for a student to be a keynote speaker at it’s Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD on Friday, May 13th at 11:15am. The presentation should be 7 minutes long. All students at a Maryland Green School or in a school applying this spring, are eligible to present. Presentations should be dynamic, creative and fun for an audience of mostly students grades preK-12. Apply by April 1. (Expires April 15)

    Budget Community Forums

    Learn about and give feedback on the development of next year's district budget at a series of upcoming community forums. (Expires: March 23)

    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Family Night

    All students and families in kindergarten to grade 5 (especially those at Title I schools) are invited to participate in fun and interactiveS.T.E.A.M activities to support learning at home.

    Thursday, MARCH 17, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Barclay Elementary/Middle School
    2900 Barclay Street Baltimore, MD
    Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP by calling, 443-642-3908 ext. 23908 or email. (Expires: March 17)

    Money Power Day

    Money Power Day® 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9am – 3pm at Poly-Western H.S., 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore MD 21209.

    Families who come to Money Power Day® will be armed with the resources and support needed to change their financial futures. This FREE financial fitness fair includes the following:
    • 40 on-site financial exhibitors
    • Credit Café with Free credit report and financial experts on-site
    • Workshops on small business, homeownership and more
    • Youth Zone – featuring fun activities for kids
    • Free Tax Preparation (by appointment only www.bmorefreetaxes.org for income under $54,000)
    • Small Business Zone - Free one-on-one advice from entrepreneurship experts
    • Financial Planning Zone – Free one-on-one consultation with a Certified Financial Planner
    To learn more about Money Power Day® visit their website. (Expires: April 2)

    Health Education Curriculum Expo

    On Wednesday April 6, the Teaching and Learning Office will host a Health Education Curriculum Expo in the district office Board room from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for parents, students, teachers, principals and community partners. This expo will showcase new sexual health curricula that will be rolled out to all middle and high schools next school year under the U Choose Project. For more information please see the enclosed flyer or contact Alexia Lotts-McCain at alotts@bcps.k12.md.us (Expires April 6) 

    Alvin Ailey Master Class

    Please encourage students to apply for an extraordinary opportunity to participate in a free Alvin Ailey Master Class with a world class dancer. Thirty students will be selected in two different age groups (age 8-13 and 14-18). To apply submit a video and completed application form by April 4 to MayorMondays@baltimorecity.gov. The event will take place April 25, 2016 from 5-6pm at the Lyric. (Expires April 4)

    Therapeutic Bereavement Camp for Students

    CAMP ME TOO! a therapeutic bereavement camp for children and teens ages 8 to 16 at Camp Puh Tok in Monkton on Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Please share with families who have children struggling with the loss of a loved one and encourage them to apply. Additional information is available in this flyer and cover letter. Call 410-252-4500 x7291 with questions or concerns. (Expires: April 15).

    CHARM: A student literary and art magazine

    CHARM: Voice of Baltimore Youth, a student-led literary and arts magazine that publishes student writing and artwork, is accepting submissions for its third volume . Last year, CHARM published over 80 poems, stories, drawings, and photographs from 18 schools. Submissions can be inspiring, silly, thought provoking, weird, or passionate. Submissions must be received by Friday, April 8. Email CharmLitMag@gmail.com with questions. (Expires: April 8)

    NASA Scholarship

    The Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2016 graduating high school seniors in school districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools. Four scholarships for two males and two females - $5,000 each - will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. (Expires: April 15)

    Title I Best Practices Conference

    City Schools' Engagement Office is hosting a free one-day conference for school communities – parents, teachers, staff, and community partners - to learn more about best practices in family and community engagement to support academic success at home. The event, on Friday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Psalmist Baptist Church, will include multiple sessions focused on innovative approaches to parent involvement, partnerships, exhibits, panel discussions and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register here.
     

    Hope and Heritage Poetry Contest

    City Schools’ students have the unique opportunity to have their poetry memorialized in an exciting new artwork to be created and placed outside of City Schools’ District Office. The theme of the contest is “In Our Lives We Are Whole,” and the focus will be a celebration of life and culture in Baltimore. The submission deadline for the contest is Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. For more information and supporting documents including lesson plans, please visit the Hope & Heritage Office 365 Site. For questions, please contact Nicole Williams, Secondary Educational Specialist for Literacy. (Expires: April 22, 2016)

    President's Cup Baseball Game at Camden Yards

    Enjoy a free afternoon at Camden Yards while supporting City Schools student athletes at the 2016 Baltimore President's Cup. The game is Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. Additional information is available in this flyer. (Expires: April 16, 2016)

    Rally for Recess

    On Monday, April 25, Playworks is hosting its 2nd Annual Rally for Recess from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wyman Park Dell. The event is a free city-wide recess for kids and families with the aim of educating and engaging Baltimore to positively impact communities' physical, social and emotional health. Register here. (Deadline: April 25, 2016)

    Greenscape

    GreenScape will be held this year at the Baltimore Rowing and Resource Center on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Transportation is available. All are invited, including students, teachers, parents, and supporters. Participants can try out a kayak, eat a light lunch, learn what school green teams have been doing this year, and talk to green partners. There will also be music, games, art, raffles and fun! More info to follow, but contact Andrea Calderon at the City Office of Sustainability with questions. The Rowing Center is in Cherry Hill on the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River at 3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230. (Expires: April 23, 2016)

     

    Youth health and wellness strategy town hall meetings

    Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, and the Baltimore City Health Department will be conducting a series of town hall meetings to discuss the new Youth Health and Wellness Strategy for the City of Baltimore. This new strategy is designed to improve health services across the city and will include school health as a part of its focus. City Schools staff, students, and parents are invited to participate in this process so that they have a voice in how health services are implemented in the near future. For more information about the draft of the strategy, registering for a town hall or providing written feedback, please visit: www.baltimoreyouthhealthandwellness.com.

    Meetings hosted by the Baltimore City Health Department will be held at the following locations:

    • January 20: Enoch Pratt Free Library-Waverly Branch (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
    • January 21: Benjamin Franklin High School (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
    • January 28: Enoch Pratt Free Library-Southeast Anchor Branch (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
    • February 6:  Douglas Memorial Church (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
    If you have any further questions please email Louise Fink or Alexia McCain. An additional school staff member, usually the school counselor or college advisor, will also have access to the results. School counselors will receive additional information about accessing information from the portal at their professional development on Monday, January 25. Score reports from the PSAT in October will also be mailed home to students beginning Friday, January 15 directly from CollegeBoard. For questions, please email the Achievement and Accountability Office. (Expires: February 6, 2016)  

    Archive of Opportunities for Students and Families for 2015-16

    Nominate your favorite for the 2016 Teacher of the Year

    Baltimore City Public Schools is committed to ensuring excellent teaching and learning in every classroom. As part of this commitment, it is time to celebrate and recognize exceptional educators by nominating them for the 2016 Teacher of the Year award. School leaders, teachers, staff, students are encouraged to nominate the educators they feel are making a real difference in our schools today.

    Each candidate must meet the following criteria:

    • Minimum five years' teaching experience by June 2016
    • Currently a full-time classroom, resource, or media teacher who spends the majority of time teaching
    • Demonstrated leadership
    • Intention to remain in the classroom for the 2016-17 school year
    • Role model in the school and community
    • Strong communication skills (oral and written) 
     
    Submit your nomination through this online form by Thursday, February 18.

    Nominated teachers will be contacted and invited to submit an application to compete for the award. The winner will then compete for the honor of the 2016 Maryland State Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Dr. Thornton will celebrate each nominated teacher at year's end.

    For questions, please email Natika Stewart in the Human Capital Office.

    Bite of science

    Please register by September 9 for the first in a series of free dinner events, Bite of Science, that brings together 30 high school STEM teachers with leading scientists and/or engineers from industry, academia, or government providing collaborative opportunities for teachers to learn about cutting edge research and innovation, find out how to connect the research to the high school classroom, and discover ways to inspire and guide their students toward academic opportunities and STEM careers. Presentation material and videos, as well as supplementary resources related to Bite of Science session topics, are posted on the TEP Lab Bench following all sessions. 

    For questions, please email Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer at the Center for Excellence in Education or call or 703-448-9062 ext. 222. (Expires: September 10, 2015)
     

     

    21st-Century School Buildings Plan forum

    On September 10, City Schools, the City of Baltimore, Maryland Stadium Authority, and the state's Interagency Committee on School Construction will host a public forum on the 21st-Century School Buildings Plan. The purpose of the forum is to provide the public with an overview of the plan, updates, and ways to engage. It will be held at the Baltimore Design School, 1500 Barclay St. (MTA buses #8, #36), 6:00pm-8:30pm (Doors open 5:30pm - Exhibit and gathering). (Expires: September 10

     

    School lunch focus groups 

    Food and Nutrition Services wants to hear from City Schools students and parents about school lunch and will hold several focus groups on Friday, August 28 (200 E. North Ave., room 317).
     
    There will be four sessions: 
    • parents, 9:30-11:00 am
    • middle school girls, 11:15-12:45 pm
    • middle school boys, 1:00-2:30 pm
    • high school students: 2:45-4:15 pm 
    Lunch will be served to all who attend, and students will receive a gift card for their time. Registration is required by emailing or calling Cynthia Shea, 443-642-4338. Additional information can be found in this flyer. (Expires: August 28, 2015)